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Boundaries are to protect life, not to limit pleasures.

My group of friends is having trouble with one member and are completely baffled as to how to handle this. [more inside]
posted by buteo on Mar 24, 2012 - 55 answers

Should I give up on friendship?

I am angry at everyone who tries to be friendly with me because of a repeated thing that has happened to me socially and with my family as well. I really don't want to become bitter and friendless but I either feel like I'm putting on an act or I get angry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Caught up in more shame.

I did some out of character, stupid things while in the middle of a long nervous breakdown. I told many of my close friends. Now how do I handle the shame? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 - 15 answers

I have enough male friends.

Men love being my friend but not dating me. Am I doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Mar 18, 2012 - 48 answers

How do I get over myself and ask someone if they are interested?

I'm a great, funny guy. I'm decent looking. I end up friends with everyone I want to date because I don't want to be "that guy" and make them feel uncomfortable by making some stupid, awkward "move". Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by peripatetic007 on Mar 13, 2012 - 63 answers

Where can my friends and I go for some good, adult fun before everyone starts having babehs?

Where should my 10 friends and I rent a cabin in Northern California this summer/fall? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Mar 12, 2012 - 5 answers

I really like water...

Need a quick, simple response to "why aren't you drinking??" [more inside]
posted by brynna on Mar 11, 2012 - 71 answers

Please tell me what to do next...

What's the next step in this relationship? Should I make a move? Why is this so confusing? [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague on Mar 9, 2012 - 33 answers

Tempted by the fruit of another?

Was my friend trying to cheat on his wife? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 - 62 answers

Is it possible to lose the ability to fall in love?

Is it possible to lo lose the ability to fall in love? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 on Mar 5, 2012 - 24 answers

Social Hacks for NYC Needed

My partner recently moved to NYC from the Northwest. Help me help him (geeky, science-loving, and politically active) find friends that aren't already mine! [more inside]
posted by corb on Feb 21, 2012 - 22 answers

How can my teenage son improve his dating/friend making skills?

How can my teenage son improve his dating/friend making skills? [more inside]
posted by hick57 on Feb 16, 2012 - 35 answers

Roommate issues - how to level?

Personal issues with new roommate; two males. How do we resolve this and move forward? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Feb 15, 2012 - 39 answers

How do I get rid of an unwanted tag-along?

There's a girl who keeps inviting herself to group gatherings, and now she's invited herself along on a trip I planned. I really don't want her there, but how do I get rid of her without creating a big scene? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Feb 9, 2012 - 32 answers

Best cities for single men looking for a fresh start?

Where is the best city for a single male software developer to start over? (Excluding DC, which is where I am now) [more inside]
posted by villafoyager on Feb 8, 2012 - 37 answers

Being inside your home or outside "in the world" - is it normal to make this split in life?

Being inside your home or outside "in the world" - is it normal to make this split in life? [more inside]
posted by Lotsofcoffee on Jan 29, 2012 - 17 answers

[Anger related issue filter] Do I need a tougher outer shell, or should I be bothered by this?

Difficulty with communicating anger and/or frustration toward friends--need a few techniques to move forward. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jan 23, 2012 - 16 answers

How can I not drink heavily and keep a social life?

How can I not drink heavily and keep a social life? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Jan 20, 2012 - 66 answers

how to form a group of girlfriends at age 30?

How can I form a group of close, lifelong girlfriends when I'm almost 30? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on Jan 14, 2012 - 22 answers

I need to explain depression to people with no working understanding of it

Help me explain depression to my well meaning (I think) but clueless friends and family. Looking for an article or a blog that I can direct them to. [more inside]
posted by tulip-socks on Jan 13, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me choose my bridesmaids!

I absolutely hate the idea of choosing people to stand by my side at the altar. I have friends from all different stages of life whom I care for very much (childhood, high school, college, grad school, work, etc.) and I loathe the idea of "picking" some and not others. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by murfed13 on Jan 11, 2012 - 28 answers

Doyyy I wish I could do that herp derp derp

How do I talk to people whose work I admire without coming across as starstruck, opportunistic, tactless, or otherwise obnoxious? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Changing for a guy?

How can I prove to my friends that I'm not "changing for a new guy," or should I even bother? [more inside]
posted by pandorasbox on Jan 10, 2012 - 32 answers

How and where do I meet interesting/creative people?

How and where do I meet people? [more inside]
posted by raghuram on Jan 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Alone in the middle of a crowd

I drive into a town. How do I start meeting people right away? [more inside]
posted by Folk on Jan 6, 2012 - 27 answers

Staying Friends

Two weeks ago, my partner of 7 years informed me that we are no longer a couple. We are going to continue to live together for now, with no plans to change the living arrangements. So far, things have been quite amicable between us, and I would like that to continue. What can I do to help us handle this with grace and maturity? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Dec 25, 2011 - 8 answers

I know it's the right thing to do. Why don't they?

How do I handle the reaction of my family and (people I thought of as) close friends to the news of my divorce? Lots of special snowflakes ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 - 27 answers

How do I enjoy my life again when I feel so alone?

How do I not feel so depressed when after years of trying I still don't fit in anywhere? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Dec 8, 2011 - 23 answers

how to self invite without self inviting

I'd like to invite myself to see an old friend, without actually inviting myself. how to do it without looking like an inconsiderate boob? [more inside]
posted by camdan on Dec 4, 2011 - 9 answers

What to do about a friend living in an unhealthy situation? A friend lives in a house that is unclean to the point of being hazardous, and I don't know how I can help.

What to do about a friend living in an unhealthy situation? A friend lives in a house that is unclean to the point of being hazardous, and I don't know how I can help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 - 26 answers

Uncommon Courtesies

In the last Roderick on the Line, John says that he always gets a houseguest a glass of water, before they ask - because 9 times out of 10, someone always loves a glass of water. I love this idea. What are some low-key courtesies you extend or have had extended to you by friends, romantic partners, suitors, etc. that show someone you're thinking about their needs and general comfort? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Nov 28, 2011 - 55 answers

Welcome to middle age drama!

Dumped by friend – What now? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood on Nov 24, 2011 - 28 answers

Dealing with a friend's crush

How do I deal with unwanted advances from someone who I really, really want to be friends with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2011 - 41 answers

I know you don't approve. I won't talk to you about it.

Reconciliation after a break-up: dealing with fallout from friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2011 - 17 answers

How can I convince myself that I can actually make friends?

How can I stop feeling broken and try to make friends without baggage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 - 14 answers

I have no idea how to summarize this.

Help me interpret my situation and figure out the practical implications of the social advice/philosophies that my friends have been giving me about it. (Warning: a super long and arguably dramatic story awaits you.) [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Nov 4, 2011 - 38 answers

he really likes you, tubby!

Do I tell my partner his friend said something snarky? The brief: I have a fantastic bf who is everything I could ask for in a man. He's got a large circle which includes several female friends. One of them, he mentioned before I met her, is known for being funny, but generally inappropriate and uncouth (he gives pretty fair descriptions like this of everyone I've met, not singling her out). Met her a few times, and most recently she was very, very drunk. Can you guess where this is going? [more inside]
posted by OompaLoompa on Nov 2, 2011 - 47 answers

I always knew he looked at me a little too long...

Things got a little murky with a close, but taken, friend when we were drunk. How do I deal with this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 26 answers

Thanks, but we were just going to get takout Mexican

How can we tactfully decline a very generous offer to deliver food to our house in the first weeks with our new baby? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Oct 15, 2011 - 33 answers

Am I a ghost? Can anyone hear me?

You know those facebook friends who you rarely hear from? How weird is it to ask them why it is you never hear from them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 - 53 answers

High School Bemusical

I thought I was part of the crowd, but it appears I am not - what can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 - 40 answers

time heals all wounds, but I don't have all fucking day

How do you get over someone when time is really, really not working? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 - 35 answers

Boyfriend reconnecting with an ex, good or bad idea?

My boyfriend is catching up with an old girlfriend and I want to be okay with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2011 - 37 answers

What's the glue that makes people stick?

What's the glue that makes people stick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 - 28 answers

How to let down someone who has a crush on me?

She has a crush on me. I don't feel the same way about her. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Failing or Ending Friendships

Perhaps a particularly female problem - when/should one ever "dump" friendships or just downgrade people to "associate"? How is this done? Reference to female because of so many articles similar to: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Books/story?id=1808389&page=1 [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Sep 16, 2011 - 15 answers

I'm done with freezing up when I talk. Help me become a better conversationalist.

I'm done with freezing up when I talk. Help me become a better conversationalist. [more inside]
posted by suburbs on Sep 16, 2011 - 14 answers

I KNOW. Well. Sometimes. :(

How can I curb my know-it-all tendencies and adjust the way I say or suggest things during a conversation? How can I come to terms with my frustration about being asked to filter my words when others aren’t tasked with the same request? [more inside]
posted by iLoveTheRain on Sep 6, 2011 - 36 answers

How do I stop judging them?

When my friends allow men to treat them poorly, I begin to lose respect for them. On an intellectual level, I know that it’s heartless and unkind of me to look down on my friends who are struggling, it’s victim-blaming, and I HATE that I feel this way. How can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 - 39 answers

How to stop drinking and keep my social life?

How can I stop drinking and maintain a social life? [more inside]
posted by CorduroyCorset on Sep 4, 2011 - 28 answers

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